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Crystal Palace 4-0 Humiliates Manchester United With Victory

by: EdwardB


In a historic display of dominance, Crystal Palace 4-0 thrashed Manchester United at Selhurst Park on May 6th. This marked the first time Palace achieved a league double over United, raising serious questions about Erik ten Hag’s future as manager. United’s makeshift defense, with Casemiro playing at center-back, repeatedly exposed itself as Jean-Philippe Mateta, Tyrick Mitchell, and Michael Olise all scored a brace and found the back of the net.

United’s Season Reaches New Low

This defeat leaves Manchester United in eighth place with 54 points from 35 games, trailing sixth-placed Newcastle United by two points. Their hopes for European football next season are dwindling rapidly. Adding to their woes, the Red Devils were missing several key players due to injury, including Bruno Fernandes, marking the first time in his 230-game tenure that he missed a match due to injury. The ease of Palace’s victory exposes deep concerns about the team’s performance and raises questions about Ten Hag’s leadership. This season marks the first time in the Premier League era that United have suffered 13 losses, and the final scoreline could have been even more embarrassing.

Palace Soar Under Glasner

In contrast, Crystal Palace, currently 14th with 43 points from 36 matches, are experiencing a resurgence under their new manager Oliver Glasner. The team’s attacking prowess was on full display against United. Mateta, in particular, has thrived under Glasner, scoring nine goals in 11 games since the manager’s arrival in February, a stark contrast to his previous record of 11 goals in 80 games for Palace.

Defensive Errors and Missed Opportunities Seal United’s Fate

The match quickly turned in Palace’s favor as Olise capitalized on a weak challenge from Casemiro and a lack of pressure from United’s defense to score the opening goal within 12 minutes. Although Casemiro later headed the ball into the net, the goal was disallowed due to a foul on Palace goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

Just before halftime, Mateta effortlessly breezed past Jonny Evans to score Palace’s second, exposing the vulnerabilities of United’s makeshift defense. Further defensive errors led to Mitchell’s tap-in goal, with several Palace players left unmarked at the back post. Olise then compounded United’s misery with his second goal, and the scoreline could have been even worse had Odsonne Edouard’s late shot not hit the woodwork.

A Grim Outlook for Manchester United

This humiliating defeat leaves Manchester United and Erik ten Hag facing serious challenges. The team’s performance raises significant doubts about their ability to secure European football next season and leaves Ten Hag’s future as manager hanging in the balance. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace’s impressive victory and their improvement under Glasner suggest a promising future for the Eagles.

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